October 24, 2014 |
Same-sex marriage and Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics "can't be a reality in our lives," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a gathering of conservative Catholics this week. His remarks seemed to signal that next year's World Meeting of Families here would send no mixed messages such as those coming from the Vatican's recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family. "The public message" from the synod, or bishops assembly, that ended Saturday in Rome "was confusion," Chaput told an New York audience Monday night.
October 1, 1987 |
Roman Catholic bishops from around the world will discuss giving the laity - particularly women - a greater role in church affairs during a month-long meeting starting today at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II called the meeting of the Synod of Bishops - a consultative body that advises the Pope on various issues - to examine the role of the laity in the church and society. A particularly intense subject is expected to be the role of women in the church, a topic repeatedly raised during the Pope's visit to the United States last month.
January 13, 1991 |
A two-year study of what the Catholic Church should be doing in South Jersey over the next decade begins today as Catholics in the Diocese of Camden embark on two years of self-examination. Issues such as the church's role in the cities of Camden and Atlantic City, the survival of Catholic schools, the development of new parishes and the use of the church's resources will be examined under the program. Bishop James T. McHugh, appointed in May 1989 to lead the diocese, has voiced concerns about such issues in the past.
July 18, 2012 |
Citing the sex-abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and at Pennsylvania State University, the Orthodox Church in America has dismissed its presiding archbishop for failing to remove a priest who had raped a woman and been jailed for other violent acts. The Holy Synod of the church, whose members number about 85,000 in the United States and Canada, announced this week that Metropolitan Jonah, 52, had stepped down Saturday after ignoring the church's procedures for responding to sexual misconduct.
August 4, 1993 |
For the second time in less than 10 years, members of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church have received the Synod of the Trinity's annual Andrew E. Murray Award for Peacemaking. The award coincided with another event at the church: On July 25, the congregation approved their new senior pastor, the Rev. Richard R. Wohlschlaeger. The Rev. Robert Richardson, associate minister, said the award was prestigious because the synod included all of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and a portion of Ohio.
November 10, 2002 |
Eileen DiFranco and her reform-minded Roman Catholic supporters are not overly hopeful that church leaders will listen to their arguments for allowing women into the priesthood. But if any high-ranking clergyman happens to be driving north along Richmond Street in Port Richmond, he would most certainly read the writing on the billboard. DiFranco's organization, the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Women's Ordination Conference, has raised nearly $3,000 to take out advertisements on 10 billboards throughout the Philadelphia area.
May 16, 1996 |
The Rev. Russell W. Annich, 89, a longtime New Jersey Presbyterian minister serving in Haddon Heights, Trenton and Princeton, died Monday at his home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of Northeast High School. While still in high school he decided on a career in the ministry, said Elizabeth Warfield Johnson Annich, his wife of 59 years. A 1929 graduate of Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., he attended San Francisco Theological Seminary from 1929 to 1930, and then Princeton Theological Seminary from 1930 to 1934, when he received both his bachelor's and master's of divinity.
October 19, 1999 |
Two memorial services will be held Saturday for the Rev. G. Wendell Jung, 92, a retired minister and Presbyterian Church executive, who died Wednesday at his home in the Rydal Park retirement community in Abington. The first service will be held at 11 a.m. at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway. A second service will be held at 2 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Jung was a minister at Presbyterian churches in New York in the 1930s and early '40s, Third Presbyterian Church in Trenton from 1944 to 1945, and Presbyterian Church at Woodbury in Woodbury from 1949 to 1963.
September 8, 2000 |
The Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane was so confident he would be returning to his native Germany after 18 months in Camden as a volunteer with Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace that he paid the entire fee for the storage of his car in advance. As a symbol of peace and reconciliation, the religious group sends young German volunteers into countries that were occupied by or at war with Nazi Germany. Mr. Herz-Lane, a native of Rottweil in the Black Forest region, was asked to go to Camden in 1975.